Product Type: The Body Shop Bath / Shower
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The Body Shop Spiced Vanilla Body Scrub
Member Name: helenc72
The Body Shop Spiced Vanilla Body Scrub
Advantages: Nice smell, creamy texture makes it moisturising, exfoliates well
Disadvantages: Not scrubby or harsh enough for some people's tastes
I ordered quite a few things in the current Body Shop sale so I was excited to see the postman coming down the drive with a massive box of goodies for me the other day. This spiced vanilla body scrub was one of my sale purchases and I couldn't resist trying it out straight away even though I already have a couple of different scrubs on the go at the moment.
=== Scent ===
The spiced vanilla range is one that the Body Shop brought out a couple of years ago as seasonal Christmas items. I bought a number of spiced vanilla products in the sale and it is a scent which I really like. I generally find vanilla a very pleasant, neutral clean and smooth scent. This scrub has quite a classic vanilla scent, but the spice adds some warmth and a bit of a twist to it. It smells a bit like cakes and baking in my opinion, but it's not too sugary and girly. The scent is fairly strong but not overpowering. I can smell it really well and enjoy the fragrance of it while in the shower but it doesn't linger on the skin unless I layer it with the other spiced vanilla products, such as the shower gel, body lotion or body butter (all of which I have now!) When I use the full range you can definitely smell the vanilla scent for a few hours. This could potentially cause it to clash with a perfume, but as vanilla is a base note in so many perfumes a lot will smell fine with it. Anyway, just the scrub on its own is not strong enough to be noticeable on the skin throughout the day.
=== Consistency ===
So many scrubs have different consistencies and textures, and I have tried a few varieties of Body Shop scrubs which were nothing like each other, so I didn't know what to expect from this spiced vanilla one until I opened it.
It is nothing at all like the Body Shop cocoa butter scrub I recently reviewed. The spiced vanilla scrub looks much more liquid and sloppy. I would liken the consistency to something like Readybrek cereal with some bits in. It is creamy and buttery with fairly sparse grains. The tub tells us the scrub contains Community Fair Trade cocoa butter and I think there must be quite a generous amount of this ingredient. A quick look at the bottom of the tub told me it also includes brazil nut oil.
The scrubbing particles which are mixed into the liquid are in two different types. There are some larger, dark balls of ground cocoa as well as very small but coarse scrubby bits, which are walnut shell.
=== Using the scrub ===
As the scrub is very runny, I had to take some care when using it. It can easily run through your fingers and drip about, as it is a bit harder to control than a rougher and less creamy scrub. I rub this into my wet skin away from the running shower. I have quite a large 2 person shower so I can just stand on the other side, away from the water flow, but in a normal sized shower cubicle I think you would have to turn the water off, otherwise the scrub would just be rinsed off immediately.
It feels nice and relaxing to rub into the skin as it is very creamy and seems like a scrub and moisturiser in one, and the scent is quite calming. It feels quite mild and gentle, but the walnut shells do add some welcome coarseness and roughness to the scrub, which I really like, as I want to feel the scrub has done a thorough job of exfoliating.
It is very easy to rinse off afterwards.
My skin is left feeling really soft and smooth from this.
I am really pleased with this for the bargain price of £3! I would definitely recommend this as a good Body Shop sale buy if there are still some reduced ones available. As with most Body Shop products, even though I like the shop's natural ethos and lovely rich scents, I do feel reluctant to pay full price as I know that bargains are so often available there. I think full price is around £12, which is a little expensive. The tub contains 200 ml.
Summary: A lovely relaxing scrub